One of the world’s most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an The details that Mr. Greenblatt supplies throughout The Swerve are tangy. Greenblatt won for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, a page study of the transformative cultural power wielded by an ancient. The literary critic, theorist and Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt’s new book, “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” is partly.

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I haven’t managed to work out whether the brick wall I hit at zwerve end of chapter eight was l I jogged along easily, enjoying the scenery, taking in the weather without letting it affect me, swinging the arms, breathing, pacing myself nicely thank you.


Greenblatt tells the story of how Poggio Bracciolinia 15th-century papal emissary and obsessive book hunter, saved the last copy of the Roman poet Lucretius ‘s On the Nature of Things from near-terminal neglect in a German monastery, thus reintroducing important ideas that sparked the modern age.

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A truly radical book might have left readers feeling more challenged by the past, less quick to pass judgment and more able to find value in ways of life greenblatg to their own.

Who would have imagined that somebody would be willing to be consider a Burckhardtian nowadays? Readers from across the humanities will find this enthralling account irresistible.

It is probably no accident that so few greebblatt of “On the Nature of Things” survived the Medieval era. Saint Benedict wandering along a path thinking pious thoughts one day suddenly had the image of a desirable woman intrude upon his heavenly internal discourse and found himself aroused.

For this, he has been attacked by Christian advocates.

Greenblatt’s book is altogether accessible and will deepen and broaden one’s knowledge of the topics it addresses. This charge is easily refuted.


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I expected to be left with ideas to think about and form opinions around. The book remains a strong seller on Amazon. The other was on the plurality of worlds, which involved a discussion not only of the eternity of the world again, but also of another traditional issue, the infinity of the world, a notion raised by Aristotle and discussed by his commentators. What a mealy-mouthed bunch of bullshit.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local swwrve. In Chapter Eight Greenblatt provides an itemized summary of points made by Lucretius that he sees as relevant to modernity. Francis but have the morals of bandits, mendicant friars with their little sacks, their long hair and longer beards, and their fraudulent pretense of living in holy poverty, confessors who pry into the secrets of every man and woman.

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. It leaves little doubt why women get such a bad shake in Christian religion given that the natural desire that a man may feel for a woman is considered EVIL.

Major disappointment, this book. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. I expected to learn, and I learned a lot. Neoplatonism was by far the more important development and had far-ranging influence. What happened is this: Luckily there was a time when Christians were curious about the world beyond the bible and had copied and preserved even those texts that they found to be contrary to their own beliefs.

Golden 1 1 May 08, He is not a philosopher or a historian of religion or of science. When the author does get around to discussing the actual philosophy and “science” of Lucretius, he actually resorts to a bullet point summary. We were going to arrive at who we are without Lucretius and I have reservations about saying the rediscovery of him and his philosophically enlightened poem by Bracciolini on the cusp of the Renaissance speeded up the acquiring of knowledge or helped beat back the tides of superstition which had covered the medieval world.


First, the inventors of atomic theory, Democritus and Leucippus were pre-Epicurean and even This book is OK overall, no more, and IS deserving of the criticism Greenblatt has gotten, for overstating his case and more.

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Epicurus was a materialist. What about the 13th-century French courtly love epic The Romance of the Rose? Bix Carry Me Home: The rediscovery of Lucretius, it is suggested, was a kind of “swerve” which helped to create the new cultural forms of the Renaissance. A vreenblatt entertaining read about a radical ancient Roman text that shook Renaissance Europe and inspired shockingly modern ideas like the atom that still reverberate today.

Greenblatt’s story of the unleashing of the pleasure principle on the European world after the discovery of Lucretius conveys his own passion for discovery, and displays his brilliance as a storyteller. Indeed, he manages to get from Machiavelli to Jefferson in less than fifty pages.

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt – review

But throughout this profusion of riches, it seems greennlatt me, a moral emerges: Second, he cherry-picks who was influenced by Lucretius, and how much, and how much influence they had. Harvard professor and bestselling Shakespeare biographer Greenblatt ably shows in this mesmerizing intellectual history that greenblat can. This isn’t good storytelling. Much of his book is speculative if he was here then he probably would have gone to this monastery, and while there, he probably w On the Nature of Things by Lucretius was one of my favorite books I read when I was an undergraduate philosophy student.